Advocating for the Protection
and Celebration of First Nations
Cultural Heritage


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are the custodians of an unbroken cultural legacy spanning many millennia.

The rich stories of the people and the landscapes of this country make Australia unique. First Nations Cultural Heritage tells the story of our past, present, and future.

Every day in Australia First Nations Cultural Heritage is being destroyed, damaged, desecrated, or disturbed. The destruction of the 46,000-year-old Juukan Caves by Rio Tinto horrified the world but was not an isolated occurrence nor was it illegal.

The laws to protect First Nations Cultural Heritage in Australia are broken – urgent reforms are required.

Conversational call to action

65,000 years. Over 3,000 generations. More than 300 languages.

Photo: Justin McManus    


June 12, 2024

Indigenous communities can access sacred cultural knowledge in Berndt field notes after 30-year wait: ABC
ABC North and West SA / By Isabella Carbone and Ruby Littler Indigenous descendants have welcomed the lifting of a controversial 30-year embargo on a collection of anthropological field notes. Warning: Indigenous readers are advised...
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June 11, 2024

Protecting First Nations sacred sites: are Australian laws fit for the task? ABC Radio
Listen to the Story on the ABC Radio Law Report website here PROGRAM: LAW REPORT – Presented by Damien Carrick Traditional owners have welcomed an announcement by Parks Australia that...
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June 10, 2024

Traditional Owners dispute external probe of Sandfire’s damage to Aboriginal heritage: NIT
David Prestipino Yugunga-Nya Traditional Owners in Western Australia’s Mid-West region claim Sandfire Resources gagged them and destroyed Aboriginal heritage sites in the pursuit of a mine expansion. Last Wednesday the...
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Ngarrinderji Kaurna Elder and Traditional Owner Major Moogy Sumner

Join us in Protecting
Our National Treasures

First Nations Cultural Heritage is 65,000 years of culture and history that must be protected for all future generations, for all Australians and people the world over.

The damage to First Nations Cultural Heritage is a systemic issue. The laws and policies in place to protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage are for the most part woefully inadequate – focused more on the regulation and facilitation of destruction than the protection of heritage.

We urge and invite people from all backgrounds and all sections of Australian society to gather and support our call to collectively celebrate and protect Australia’s Cultural Heritage.

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